Wednesday, August 10

Shot Man Charged Over French Terror Plot



A man shot by police in Brussels has been charged with membership of a terror group following a raid in France last week.

Belgian prosecutors named him as A. Abderrahmane who was detained on Saturday for a further 24 hours after being shot during a raid in the Brussels district of Schaerbeek.

Meanwhile, police in Brussels said they carried out 13 new raids on Sunday, taking nine people into custody for questioning and releasing a further five. The man who has now been charged was wearing a backpack at a tram stop in Brussels when he failed to respond to police demands to raise his arms and was shot in the leg as he stood with a young girl.

Belgian media initially suggested the man may have been shot in error. It comes as German newspaper Die Welt am Sonntag newspaper reported that European security agencies are hunting for at least eight suspects believed to have assisted with the attacks in Paris and Brussels.

Die Welt said the suspects had been in contact with Abdelhamid Abaaoud, the suspected ringleader of the Paris attacks and Salah Abdeslam, the prime surviving suspect of the Paris attacks.

Abaaoud was killed by French police in a shootout on November 18 and Abdeslam was captured in Brussels earlier this month. On Saturday night, an Algerian suspect sought by Belgian investigators was held in southern Italy.